I’m finding that fundraising is just about a full time job! I am not very good at it and hope that in the future I will get better at it? Trying to raise money for our 501c3 and for the cargo bikes has been really hard for me. Approaching people and asking for money is hard with the economy the way it is, and I don’t think things will get much better anytime to soon? What I think is, if that is the case, then what is to become of all the people forced to eat garbage and food that is empty, or the food that is so GM, GMO or GE that it is just killing them? I believe the whole Genetically Modified Movement is just a way for our Government to manage death! You start putting pesticides in food then pretty soon all those organisms that help digest your food and all those pro-biotic and every other good organism in your body will disappear, and then your body will start to malfunction and shut down, and just like that you are in the system! What’s next? Hospitals, Pharmacies, and most of us would get buried under the costs and never get out alive! Eating food that is good for our bodies is a RIGHT, and what’s happened is that it has become a PRIVILEGE, reserved only to the people that can afford to buy “organic” or “naturally grown”, and let me tell you those people are not the ones on a budget, of any kind! I challenge you to go to a grocery store of your choice and watch the produce section, watch who buys “organic”? Better yet, watch who buys “organic”, and how much do they buy? The working class, the less fortunate, the people who live paycheck to paycheck are the ones forced to buy the filler foods, processed and empty, certainly not organic or naturally grown!

Giving Vegetable Gardens Charity is trying to change that, starting from the bottom up! Starting with the people that normally wouldn’t have access to food grown Naturally, void of anything that will hurt them! We grow our food using methods these “Organic” farms use, in fact we go one better, we use the same methods the “Naturally Grown” farms use we just haven’t gotten our certification yet because everyone wants money to use their ” Method”. We grow our food naturally, and give that food to the ones in need, through agencies that are local right here in Portland, Oregon City, and West Linn Oregon! We believe that everyone should have the “RIGHT” to eat food that is good for them, so that’s what we do, and we need your help to keep it going! we need to file our 501c3, we need a cargo bike for NE and SE Portland deliveries, we need everyone to go to our “GOFUNDME” page and give what you can? Even a coffees worth will help! Many hands make light work! Our three gardens cannot keep up with the demand, but that’s a good thing, because that tells us we are on the right track! More gardens means more food, more food means healthier people and a better life from the bottom up! Our website and Facebook Page are easily found as is the “gofundme” thanks everyone that has helped us and thank you to everyone who is even considering to help, it is a noble cause and one you should connect with!

Cheers and God Bless

Bob and everyone at Giving Vegetable Gardens Charity


We Need your help to get the food to the ones who need it most!!


I want you all to know that by helping us, even if it’s a small amount, you will be helping us feed the less fortunate, the challenged and the shut ins with food that is good for them, void of any harmful pesticides and herbicides and all our seed stock is non GMO,GE and GM! We need your help! We are our brothers keeper and it does take a village! We need to stand together and take the growing of our food back into our own hands and try our best at taking the government out of it!
Please help us!
Thank you for your support!
Cheers and God Bless
Your Bob
Click here to support Giving Vegetable Gardens Charity by Bob Dinges

Installing The Stevens Family Garden


Jim Terry and I installed a 3×12 foot garden for the Stevens family today. You know it feels really good to help others eat food they grow themselves, and with a little effort they will have fresh vegetables and greens throughout the year. I will be going back to show them how to care for their garden and help them plan the next seasons food crop. You never know what will happen when people catch the “grow your own food” bug!!
Cheers and God Bless you all and have a great summer in your garden!
yurbob at giving vegetable garden charity

Shut Up and Eat: A Foodie’s Guide to Growing, Cooking and Eating Food – eBook teaming up with charity!


Fellow Agriculture student, Lauren Hollander, released her first eBook today on Amazon! Best part is – 1 dollar from every sale goes to our charity!

“Shut Up and Eat: A Foodie’s Guide to Growing, Cooking and Eating Food” is more than just a recipe book!


This illustrated book contains:
- Over 20 recipes ranging from vegan to gluten free and everything in between,
- A basic kitchen glossary,
- What spices you need in your kitchen and what combinations make which flavors,
- Kitchen tips from me to you,
- A guide to shopping better and wasting less,
- Basic explanation of GMOs and Organic – what does it all mean?
- Beginners guide to growing food,
- And much more!

Get yours now by following this link: Shut Up and Eat

Long Time Gardener Verna Terry


1653517_1479902408904781_1834181558_nHere’s a great picture of Verna and her long time companion Daisy, who is lovingly regarded as a “flabadore” Daisy is half Lab and half Shar Pei . Verna is really happy to be helping us feed people in need, and wants to see the education component where school kids could come and learn how to grow food naturally! We are on our way to making that happen! Thank You Jim and Verna Terry for all your love and support!

Seed Genetics in Layman’s Terms: The reason apples don’t come true from seed


Hello GVGC subscribers and readers. I would first like to start off by saying how wonderful it is for my wife and I to have the opportunity to contribute to this blog and help with the many new and exciting things happening with GVGC.

As a brief introduction, my name is Eric Sellers, and my wife’s name is Kelsi. We have both been horticulture students at Clackamas Community College for 2 years, have both satisfied the requirements for the Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in horticulture, and have started our third year pursuing a Certificate of Urban Agriculture. Coincidentally, this is the program where we met Bob and began discussing our involvement with GVGC.

Now that the introductions are over, I can explain the reason for the long winded introduction. Bob has asked my wife and I to contribute articles and stories for this blog to better enlighten you, the readers, on what GVGC is doing, as well as some helpful information we have learned along the way through our Horticultural careers and education.

As my first order of business here, I would like to talk about seed genetics, and why most plants do not come true from seed. Bob specifically asked me to do a piece on this subject, because it is often hard to understand why it is things don’t come true to type from seed. Any simple search on Google will give you results from scholarly articles or complicated explanations on the subject, that are honestly more complicated than they should be. Basically, I am here to provide layman’s terms and explanations for somewhat complex ideas.

So first off, everyone knows the basics of genetics. They define how people look, the color of their hair, the color of their eyes, how tall they get, and so on. This is because of a person’s parents’ genetics matching up and creating a new set of genes. Since these new genes are based on the parent’s genetics, often-times the offspring will look similar to both parents. This is also true in that of plants.

People have been breeding plants for as long as farming has been around. This is because with the right amount of forethought, planning, and observation, you could make the perfect plant for your area.

Onto why it is a seed will often not come true to type. The example Bob keeps mentioning, as well as many other people, is apples. Apples, like many in the rosaceae family (the rose family) are easily cross pollinated. That is, in the words of Linda Beutler (a part time instructor at CCC as well as the curator at the Rogerson Clematis Collection), “they are very promiscuous.” That is to say, they breed readily, often whether you want them to or not.

Much like your parents came together to make your genes, they could have easily gone on to make someone else’s genes that is totally different from you. Whether from the same parents, or different parents. For this, many people use the punnett square to show the relationship of the genetics, and how they can differ, even within the offspring of the same parents. As your parents pass on their genes to you, you are then created with a series of genetics of dominant and recessive traits. It is from these that you get your physical appearance.

Punnette Square (click to view)

It is the same for an apple. Especially so even. The punnett square above shows the relationships of two similar genes, the “A” being the dominant and the “a” being recessive. Both parents are made up of “Aa”, but when crossed there’s a 25% chance that the offspring could be either “AA” or “aa”. While there might be a 50% chance the offspring will be the same in the example of the punnett square. Imagine now that there are thousands of more series of letters and number annotating different dominate and recessive traits. The chances of the offspring being the same as two similar parents no longer seems so likely.

One might then ask, “why not just breed the same plants together?” While that has been done with many plant species over the years to obtain highly productive plants, the problem with doing this practice on apples is that the same plant of the same genetics cannot pollinate itself. That is why you need at least one other apple variety within a mile of the producing apple trees, otherwise they will not fruit. If you don’t get any fruit, you won’t have any seeds.

In further layman’s terms, you need two parents of different genetics to get an apple with viable seeds. Because these parents have different genetics, the offspring will bear different traits. So in the end, an apple will not come true from seed, and often will not produce a tree that will produce an edible fruit at all.

This isn’t to say of course that growing seeds on from apples is a bad thing. To get new varieties, plant breeders have had to grow apple seedlings, and select the ones with desired qualities, and further breed subsequent generations to strengthen those traits. Breeding takes many generations for plant breeding programs to attain a good quality apple tree, because it takes 3-5 years to get the first fruit crop on an apple seedling. This makes it especially difficult to breed good apple trees, and thus isn’t usually a hobby taken on by home gardeners.

If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment, and I can answer them to the best of my knowledge. I hope this short article has helped with understanding some things about seed saving. I look forward to any comments, constructive criticism, and perhaps even doing a piece on saving seeds from other kinds of plants.